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The Joint Commission awards Lawrence Memorial Hospital ‘Top Performer’ recognition for third consecutive year            

Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. LMH was recognized for its achievement for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

LMH is one of only 314 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past three consecutive years.

LMH President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer said, “We understand that what matters most to our patients is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That’s why LMH has made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. I am proud LMH has been named a Top Performer because it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital and medical staff.”

In announcing the award Nov. 13, Mark R. Chassin, MD, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission, said “Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high quality health care. I commend the efforts of Lawrence Memorial Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions.”

Top Performer hospitals met three 95 percent performance thresholds based on 2013 accountability measure data. First, they achieved performance of 95 percent or above on the composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data are reported to The Joint Commission. Second, recognized hospitals met or exceeded a 95 percent performance target for each and every accountability measure for which they report data. And third, recognized hospitals must have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.

LMH was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The list of Top Performers represents 36.9 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.

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